Five months away from the cockpit of an A1 GP car meant that in last weekend’s South African round, he wasn’t quite on the pace, says Kiwi driver.
February 26, 2007. Despite picking up two third placings in his first A1 GP race for five months, Team New Zealand’s Matt Halliday said he was “a little bit rusty” in last weekend’s round at Durban, South Africa.
“I guess (that’s) my excuse,” he said after the Feature race. “It was very difficult today.
“When I knew France had dropped out (of the Feature race) and we were in third place I pushed hard to race Robbie (Kerr) but it was very difficult to pass. His car was quick enough in all the right places.
“I think I drove the middle part of the race a little bit off the pace.
“I’m happy with the afternoon’s work (but) it was a shame about the start as my race was compromised off the line but we’ll try next time.”
Halliday says he’s not sure when he’ll be in the car again.
“But I hope to at least be in the car in Brands Hatch (England) as I was very strong there last year.
“This weekend was a lot of pressure for me as I’ve been away a long time from A1. Hopefully it won’t be another five months away before I get back in and fight Nico (Hulkenberg) harder than this time.”
Photo caption: Matt Halliday (at right) on the Feature race podium with winner Nico Hulkenberg (centre) and Robbie Kerr.